75+ Basic Interview Questions to Ask

How much time should you spend preparing for my job interview?

The average person spends around 15 minutes preparing for their first job interview. 

This number increases to 30 minutes or even longer for those who are applying for senior positions.

Preparing for an interview takes time, effort, and practice. There are several things you can do to prepare for your next interview but the best is, to begin with practicing these basic questions. 

Basic Interview Questions

-What’s your story?

-What are your strengths as an employee?

-What are your weaknesses as an employee?

-Why do you want to work at this company?

-What do you want your career to look like in five years?

-What’s your ideal workplace?

-What made you decide to join this company?

-Why should we hire someone who doesn’t know anything about marketing

-What did you dislike most about your last job? 

-What was the best time at work for you?

-What makes you different from other candidates?

-What was your last job title?

-Why are you leaving your current job?

-What do you know about this industry?

-What do you know about our company?

-Will you be willing to move?

-What would you like to know?

Behavioral Interview Questions

-What was the last major project you worked on, and what was its result?

-Tell me about a time when you felt you went above the call of duty at your job.

-Can you describe a situation where your work was criticized?

-What was your greatest failure, and how did you overcome it? And what did you learn from it?

-How do you deal with annoying people?

-If I were your boss and asked you to do a task that you didn’t agree with, what would you say?

-What was the most challenging time in your life, and what did you do to cope with it?

-Have you ever been part of a team where one person wasn’t pulling his or her own weight? What did you do when it happened?

-Describe a situation where you had to give someone tough feedback. How did you handle it?

-Tell me about a time when you did something wrong. How did you handle it?

-If you found out that your company was committing fraud, what would you tell your employees?

-What was the most difficult assignment you’ve ever had to complete, and how did you solve the problem?

-What was the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make and how did you come up with that decision?

Describe a situation where you had to deal directly with conflict at work.

-If you were at an office lunch and you ordered a really rare steak and they brought you the meat well done, what would your reaction be?

-If you had to complete several tasks by the end of today, and there was no way that you could possibly complete them, describe how you would handle the situation.

Salary Questions:

-The salary question is one of the most important things you will ever be asked. It can make or break your job search, and it’s something that you should know how to answer.

-Whether you are looking for a new job or just trying to negotiate your current position, knowing how to respond to this question will help you get more money and/or better benefits.

-What salary are you looking for?

-How much did you make last year?

-What has been your salary history over the timeline of your experience? 

-If I were to pay you the salary you asked for but let you write your own job description for the next 12 months, what would it say?

-What’s your salary range?

-Do you have any questions or concerns about my salary?

-What are some ways you think I can improve my chances of getting hired?

-What type of compensation package are you offering?

-What would you consider fair compensation for someone with my skillset?

-What is your typical starting salary?

-What is your average salary?

-Are you currently working under contract? If so, what is your term?

-What is your expected annual growth rate?

-What is your highest salary?

-What is the lowest salary you’ll accept?

-What is the average salary for someone with your level of experience?

-What is your career path?

-What is your current salary?

-What is a reasonable offer?

-What is your full-time equivalent (FTE) number?

-What is your base salary?

-What is an appropriate raise?

-What is your target salary?

-What is your salary range?

-What is your hourly wage?

-What is your yearly salary?

-What is your total compensation package?

-What is your best salary offer?

Career Development Questions:

-What kind of career development opportunities would you be interested in pursuing?

-What would you like to improve in the next year?

-What kind of goals do you want to set for yourself if you get this job?

-If I were to offer my last supervisor to provide you with additional training or exposure, she’d probably recommend something like this.

-Tell Me About Yourself.

-Walk Me Through Your Resume.

-How Did You Hear About This Position?

-Why Do You Want to Work at This Company?

-Why Do You Want This Job?

-Why Should We Hire You?

-What Can You Bring to the Company?

-What Are Your Greatest Strengths?

-What Do You Consider to Be Your Weaknesses?

-What Is Your Greatest Professional Achievement?

-Tell Me About a Challenge or Conflict You’ve Faced at Work, and How You Dealt With It.

-Tell Me About a Time You Demonstrated Leadership Skills.

-What’s a Time You Disagreed With a Decision That Was Made at Work?

-Tell Me About a Time You Made a Mistake.

-Tell Me About a Time You Failed.

-Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?

-Why Were You Fired?

-Why Was There a Gap in Your Employment?

-Can You Explain Why You Changed Career Paths?

-What’s Your Current Salary?

-What Do You Like Least About Your Job?

-What Are You Looking for in a New Position?

-What Type of Work Environment Do You Prefer?

-What’s Your Work Style?

-What’s Your Management Style?

-How Would Your Boss and Coworkers Describe You?

-How Do You Deal With Pressure or Stressful Situations?

-What Do You Like to Do Outside of Work?

-Are You Planning on Having Children?

-How Do You Stay Organized?

-How Do You Prioritize Your Work?

-What Are You Passionate About?

-What Motivates You?

-What Are Your Pet Peeves?

-How Do You Like to Be Managed?

-Do You Consider Yourself Successful?

-Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

-How Do You Plan to Achieve Your Career Goals?

-What Are Your Career Aspirations?

-What’s Your Dream Job?

-What Other Companies Are You Interviewing With?

-What Makes You Unique?

-What Should I Know That’s Not on Your Resume?

-What Would Your First Few Months Look Like in This Role?

-What Are Your Salary Expectations?

-What Do You Think We Could Do Better or Differently?

-When Can You Start?

-Are You Willing to Relocate?

-How Many Tennis Balls Can You Fit Into a Limousine?

-If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?

-Sell Me This Pen.

-Is There Anything Else You’d Like Us to Know?

-Do You Have Any Questions for Us?

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